June 19, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything ... present your requests to God."
The Holy Scriptures repeatedly warn us against the grievous sin of worry. It is an act of unbelief and distrust in God. When we worry, we accuse God of falsehood. God's Word says, "Fear not," but worry says, "You are lying, O God." As someone has said, "No matter what people may profess as to their faith, worry makes them practical atheists, because worry fears the future more than it fears God." This is quite a startling accusation, is it not?
And so in desperation we ask, "What is the answer to the problem of worry?" The most definitive answer is found in Romans 8:31-32, where we read: "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all -- how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" Here we are clearly informed that if God provided for our greatest need, eternal life and everlasting salvation through the doing and dying of Christ, then surely He is able to provide for needs that are infinitely small in comparison. If we trust Him for the greater, should we not also trust Him for the lesser?
PRAYER: Gracious Lord, deliver us from all anxious thoughts, and help us cast our anxiety upon You, for you care for us. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)